Mirror Movable Relative To Support Patents (Class 359/872)
  • Patent number: 10293754
    Abstract: A mirror device for a vehicle is provided in which a support member is housed and fixed within a housing supported on a vehicle, a mirror disposed in the housing is held by a mirror holder, a joint having a spherical portion is projectingly provided on the support member, a hollow hemispherical fitting and supporting part having the spherical portion fitted thereinto is provided on the mirror holder, and a ring-shaped spring for maintaining the fitted state of the spherical portion within the fitting and supporting part is fitted around the fitting and supporting part. An engagement part that engages with the spring so as to prevent the spring from disengaging from the fitting and supporting part is formed integrally with the mirror holder while being capable of flexing so as to allow the spring to be fitted onto the fitting and supporting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Kenji Kenmochi, Takehito Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10266126
    Abstract: An imaging device enclosure for a vehicle including a housing having an image device aperture. A motor is disposed in the housing and is operably connected with a mobile wedge. The mobile wedge is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. An imaging device is slidably connected with the mobile wedge and is movable between the retracted position corresponding to the extended position of the mobile wedge and the extended position corresponding to the retracted position. A flexible boot is disposed over the image device aperture. The flexible boot defines a flexible opening. The imaging device protrudes through the flexible opening when the imaging device is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Suman, Luke W. Koops, William L. Tonar, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Kristopher R. Green, Timothy L. Pawlowski
  • Patent number: 10226990
    Abstract: A tailgate for a vehicle includes an outer skin and a grip recessed into the outer skin, which open towards the bottom when the tailgate in a closed position. A wall of the recessed grip is formed at least in part by a cover of an extendable mounting for a camera. The camera is positionable between a retracted position in which the cover conceals the camera and an extended position in which the camera provides a field of view behind the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Fuchs, Friedrich Hein
  • Patent number: 10220788
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head and a mounting base, with the mirror head having a mirror casing and a reflective element, and with the mounting base configured for attachment at a vehicle. A camera module is disposed at the mirror head and includes a camera having a field of view and operable to capture image data. The camera module is extendable and retractable relative to the mirror casing. With the camera module retracted, the camera module is oriented such that the field of view of the camera encompasses a blind spot region at least at the body side of the vehicle. With the camera module retracted, an inboard limit of the field of view of the camera partially overlaps an outboard limit of a field of view provided to a driver of the vehicle by the reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Peterson, Gregory A. Huizen
  • Patent number: 10007132
    Abstract: Provided are a display panel and a thin film transistor array substrate. According to one or more exemplary embodiments, a display panel includes: a first substrate including a pixel area and a non-pixel area; a second substrate that faces the first substrate; and a crack guide groove disposed on a surface of at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won Gap Yoon, Ji Eun Jang, Kyung Seon Tak, Keun Chan Oh
  • Patent number: 10000156
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head, a mounting member and an attachment member. The mirror head includes a mirror casing and a reflective element. The mounting member includes an upper portion configured to mount at an interior structure of a vehicle. The attachment member includes a connection portion and a pivot element protruding from the connection portion. The attachment member is disposed at a lower portion of the mounting member. The mirror head is configured to adjustably attach at the pivot element. The mounting member is formed of a polymeric material, and at least the connection portion of the attachment member is formed of a metallic material. The connection portion of the attachment member may be insert molded in the lower portion of the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher R. Koetje
  • Patent number: 9987988
    Abstract: At a vehicle door mirror device, an inner wall of a mirror holder is nipped between a supporting surface of an inner case and a contacting surface of a support pivot, and a peripheral wall of the mirror holder is made to press-contact a peripheral wall of a case. Here, at a time when the mirror holder is rotated, the support pivot is displaced toward a vehicle rear side, and nipping of the inner wall between the supporting surface and the contacting surface is cancelled, and press-contacting of the mirror holder peripheral wall against the case peripheral wall is cancelled. Therefore, frictional force between the supporting surface and the contacting surface and the inner wall, and frictional force between the case peripheral wall and the mirror holder peripheral wall, can be reduced effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Shigeki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9968375
    Abstract: A childbirth aid includes a base panel, two ankle-supporting blocks bilaterally located at a top wall of the base panel for supporting the ankles of a pregnant woman to keep the body center of gravity of the pregnant woman in line with the fulcrum of the mechanism of each foot of the pregnant woman, each ankle-supporting block having a planar top surface and an inclined surface downwardly extended from the planar top surface to the top wall of the base panel, and a gap defined between the two ankle-supporting blocks for the mounting of a safety mirror or anti-collision elastic net selectively in a detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Ghi-Hwei Kao
  • Patent number: 9846294
    Abstract: The invention concerns an adjustment system for aligning optical elements and/or samples in vacuum (3) for projecting electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz range up to the range of hard X-ray radiation, consisting of at least one vacuum chamber (3?), at least one mirror (3?) adjustable in spatial direction and/or at least one optical element adjustable in spatial direction or at least one sample adjustable in spatial direction, with translational actuators (X1, X2, Z1, Z2, Z3) in the undeflected state (idle state) being provided for adjusting the alignment of the at least one mirror (3?) adjustable in spatial direction and/or the at least one optical element adjustable in spatial direction or the at least one sample adjustable in spatial direction in a maximum of three essentially mutually perpendicular spatial directions (X, Y, Z, y, y, z).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: FMB FEINWERK-UND MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Jochen Deiwiks, Frieder Muller, Hans Henninger
  • Patent number: 9812045
    Abstract: A large projection image screen device having a seesaw structure for virtual reality where a chair is provided on one side of a lever and an image system is provided on the other side of the lever. Several rotation shafts are provided below the lever for up down rotation, left right rotation and front rear rotation, where when the chair and the screen are rotated up and downward, left and rightward, and front and rearward, a user on the chair views the images at the same view angle as the rotation angle of the screen through a location tracing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Hae-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 9717406
    Abstract: There is a need for robust and portable system, and apparatus for ophthalmology. We propose use of folding apparatus for ocular purposes for the first time. Our system will have a chin-rest (or face-rest or forehead rest) that can be folded so that the ocular device could be transported in a brief-case type casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Netra Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Manish Dinkarrao Kulkarni, Manmohan Singh Sidhu
  • Patent number: 9707894
    Abstract: A folding drive with an electric motor having a first component, a second component operatively connected to the first component for movement relative thereto, and an axial ball bearing arranged between the first component and the second component such that a rolling friction and a sliding friction are present in different percentage proportions depending on a direction of rotation of the axial ball bearing. The first component and the second component are rotatable relative to each other about a rotary axis which deviates from the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA AUTECA AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Schadler
  • Patent number: 9690094
    Abstract: An optical device includes: an optical element having an optically functional surface which is pivotable; a base supporting the optical element; and a package housing the optical element and the base, in which the package includes: a wall that surrounds the optical element and the base; a window that closes a first opening defined by the wall, and forms an optical path to the optically functional surface, the window being transmissive to light; and a bottom plate that closes a second opening defined by the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kurozuka, Akihiro Morikawa, Toshiaki Horie, Shinsuke Nakazono
  • Patent number: 9638410
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror. Certain embodiments of the mirror include an algorithm to adjust light based on the position of a user relative to the mirror, the level of ambient light, and/or the activation of different light modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Frederick N. Bushroe
  • Patent number: 9541840
    Abstract: A reflective EUV optic such as a collector mirror configured as an array of facets that are spaced apart to form respective gaps between adjacent facets. The gaps are used as inlets for gas flow across one of the facets such that flow is introduced parallel to the optic surface. The facets can be made with offsets such that loss of reflective area of the EUV optic can be minimized. The gas facilitates removal of target material from the surface of the facets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: David C. Brandt, Alexander I. Ershov, Igor V. Fomenkov
  • Patent number: 9465208
    Abstract: A facet mirror device includes a facet element, a support device and a clamping device. The facet element includes a first support section, while the support device comprises a second support section contacting the first support section to support the facet element. The clamping device includes a tensioning element, a first end of the tensioning element being connected to the facet element a second end of the tensioning element being connected to a counter unit. The counter unit includes a third support section, the support device including a fourth support section contacting the third support section to support the counter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Vogt, Joachim Hartjes
  • Patent number: 9457733
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for holding a camera (50) which serves in particular as a parking assistance device for a motor vehicle, comprising a slide (20) to which the camera (50) can be replaceably secured, a housing (10) in which the slide (20) is movably accommodated in a first guide (11a, 11b, 5a, 15b, 17) between a rest position (A) in which the camera (50) is inactive, and an operating position (B) in which images can be actively detected by the camera (50), and a cover element (40) that closes an opening (16) in the housing (10) through which the camera (50) is oriented towards the exterior. The cover element (40) is pivotally connected to the slide (20) and movably mounted in a second guide (12a, 12b) in the housing (10) between a closed position (C) in which the cover element (40) covers the opening (16), and an open position (D) in which the cover element (40) releases the opening (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heiko Schütz
  • Patent number: 9457722
    Abstract: The invention is related to a rear view mirror assembly that includes at least one electrical device as a light source with adapted connectors to be assembled in an easy way. The invention is related to an electrical device as a lighting mean in a rear view mirror that has a connector adapted to be self centric connected to the counterpart during assembling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Vasile Romas, Balazs Toth
  • Patent number: 9346509
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for mounting to a handlebar of a motorcycle or other cycle vehicle, including a handle enabling an operator of the motorcycle to rotate the mirror without requiring the operator to remove a hand from the handlebar. The rotation swivels the mirror from a view to the rear to a position with a view to the side. Upon releasing the handle, a compression spring within the assembly returns the mirror to its original position. The mounting arrangement for the assembly includes two portions rotatable perpendicularly to one another, permitting the mirror arrangement to be adjusted after coupling with the handlebar such that the stem of the mirror is plumb. This ensures that when the handle is engaged rotating the mirror, the orientation of the mirror is maintained such that the top edge of the mirror remains level during rotation and that the mirror stem remains plumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Old School Products LLC
    Inventors: Vance A. Hoff, Phillip G. Larson, Perry D. Hoff, Mark A. Hoff
  • Patent number: 9309813
    Abstract: The invention relates to a regulating device for an actuator arranged in a gas passageway of an internal combustion engine, in particular for a bypass flap arranged in an exhaust turbocharger, having an electrical servomotor, a regulating member coupled to the actuator and a multi-gear transmission arranged between the servomotor and regulating member. According to the invention, to achieve a large transmission ratio range with a small number of transmission gears, two transmission wheels interact in at least one of the transmission gears via an evoloid toothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Nau
  • Patent number: 9247869
    Abstract: There is a need for robust and portable system, and apparatus for ophthalmology. We propose use of folding apparatus for ocular purposes for the first time. Our system will have a chin-rest (or face-rest or forehead rest) that can be folded so that the ocular device could be transported in a brief-case type casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: NETRA SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventors: Manish Dinkarrao Kulkarni, Manmohan Singh Sidhu
  • Patent number: 9205779
    Abstract: An auxiliary mirror device for vehicles includes a fixation unit, a connection unit, and an auxiliary mirror. The fixation unit is adapted for coupling on a vehicle rear view mirror. The connection unit includes a connection rod coupled to the fixation unit, and a sleeve is engaged on the connection rod. A supporting rod disposed on the auxiliary mirror is received in the connection rod retractably. The connection unit further includes an adjustment barrel moveable relative to the sleeve and can be locked with of the sleeve. A tightening ring is engaged in the adjustment barrel and can be releasably compressed by the sleeve. A position of the auxiliary mirror relative to the side view mirror can be adjusted. When the auxiliary mirror is adjusted to a required position, the adjustment barrel can be operated for coupling and fixing the supporting rod and the connection rod together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Hsin-I Liu
  • Patent number: 9151947
    Abstract: In an optical deflector including a mirror, a movable frame supporting the mirror, a first piezoelectric actuator for rocking the mirror with respect to a first axis of the mirror, a support body supporting the movable frame, and a second piezoelectric actuator for rocking the mirror through the movable frame with respect to a second axis of the mirror, at least one piezoelectric sensor is provided for sensing rocking vibrations of the mirror caused by the first and second piezoelectric actuators. The second piezoelectric actuator includes a pair of meander-type piezoelectric actuators opposite to each other with respect to the first axis. Each of the second meander-type piezoelectric actuators includes a plurality of piezoelectric cantilevers folded at every cantilever and connected from the support body to the movable frame in parallel with the first axis. The piezoelectric sensor is incorporated into an outermost one of the piezoelectric cantilevers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takanori Aimono
  • Patent number: 9128287
    Abstract: A MEMS substrate is formed from a transparent substrate and a movable type shutter arranged on each pixel of a surface of the transparent substrate. An AP substrate includes another substrate and a light blocking film arranged on the other transparent substrate formed with an aperture corresponding to each shutter. A plurality of supporting columns is formed on a surface of the transparent substrate of the MEMS substrate. A plurality of cylindrical contact holes having the same inner diameter as an outer diameter of each supporting column are formed at a position corresponding to one part of the supporting columns. Both substrates are arranged with a certain interval so that each shutter and an aperture oppose each other, thereby a tip end of corresponding supporting columns is inserted into each contact hole and in this way, both substrate are mutually positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Pixtronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasukazu Kimura, Jun Fujiyoshi
  • Patent number: 9079538
    Abstract: A pair of external vehicle mirrors with a driver-side external vehicle mirror and a passenger-side external vehicle mirror are provided. Each have a mirror foot and a mirror housing pivotably attached, in which an adjustable mirror glass is arranged. The mirror housings of the two external vehicle mirrors are constructed symmetrically, so that an identical oncoming wind flow situation is achieved, and that on a rear side of the two mirror housings there is arranged a mask encompassing the mirror glass, the mask of the driver-side external vehicle mirror being formed asymmetrically to the mask of the passenger-side external vehicle mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Willibald Assmann, Fabian Franke, Michael Friederich, Wolfgang Much, Volker Nickel, Robert Schwed
  • Patent number: 9067541
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mounting portion mountable at a side of a vehicle, a mirror head portion adjustably mounted at the mounting portion, and a reflective element at the mirror head portion. An actuator is operable to impart pivotal movement of the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion and about a generally vertical pivot axis to pivotally adjust the mirror head portion relative to the side of the vehicle at which the mounting portion is mounted. The actuator comprises at least two motors and the motors are operable in tandem to cooperatively rotatably drive a common gear of a gear system to pivot the mirror head portion relative to the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, Eric S. Deuel
  • Patent number: 9057833
    Abstract: An exterior vehicle mirror assembly includes a base, a mirror housing and a camera housing. The base has a mounting portion configured to attach to an exterior vehicle panel. The mirror housing is coupled to the base and extends from the base. The camera housing is coupled to the base adjacent to the mirror housing and extends from the base such that the mirror housing and the camera housing extend away from the base in respective directions are substantially parallel to one another with the mirror housing in an in-use orientation. A distal end of the camera housing is spaced apart from the mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Bowers, Alfredo Dimichele, Kathryn Templeton, Kurt Maxwell, Takashi Kuwata
  • Patent number: 9033526
    Abstract: A powerfold mechanism for an external rear view mirror is disclosed. The mechanism comprises: a powerfold housing mountable between a mirror housing and a vehicle mountable mirror base; a clutch member urged into engagement with the mirror, the clutch member allowing the mirror housing to be manually moved with respect to the mirror base; an electric drive train between the powerfold housing and the clutch member; and a drive stop movably mounted to the powerfold housing and having a drive stop face engagable with a drive stop detent mounted to the mirror base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Maarten Schuurmans, Garry Fimeri, Simon Belcher, Daniel Flynn
  • Patent number: 9033529
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a stopper member lock mechanism is configured to lock a stopper member from rotating in a direction from a forward tilt location to a use location with respect to a shaft when the mirror assembly that is positioned in the forward tilt location is restored to the use location and to release the locked state of the stopper member when the mirror assembly is restored from the forward tilt location to the use location. As a result, it is capable of causing the mirror assembly to be precisely positioned in the use location without any positional shift when the mirror assembly that has rotated from the use location to the forward tilt location for the sake of buffering is rotated and restored from the forward tilt location to the use location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Ikuo Sakata
  • Patent number: 9022587
    Abstract: In a vehicle door mirror device, when a fitting recess portion and a fitting protrusion portion fit, a gap is formed between an orthogonal face and an opposing face due to a fitting recess portion and a fitting protrusion portion contacting along case rotating direction. Accordingly, even when the fitting protrusion portion wears and external shape becomes smaller, the fitting recess portion and the fitting protrusion portion are contacted and fitted until the gap disappears. The gap is set larger than a gap between a visor and a stay. Therefore, the fitting recess portion and the fitting protrusion portion contact along the case rotating direction even when the visor contacts the stay, due to presence of the gap. Accordingly, even when the visor contacting the stay is taken as useful life indicator of the device, rattling of the visor against the stay can be suppressed at this stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Toyama, Shigeki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9022588
    Abstract: A mirror surface angle adjusting device includes: a pivot plate (10) which supports a mirror (6) and is attached to a holder (9) pivotably three-dimensionally on a pivot shaft (76); a bracket (8) disposed on a vehicle body; a mirror tilting drive section (11) contained between the bracket (8) and the holder (9) attached to the bracket (8); an operation shaft (44A, 44B) of the mirror tilting drive section (11), the operation shaft penetrating through the holder (9) and being connected to the pivot plate (10); a detection rod (101A, 101B) which moves following the pivot plate (10); an angle detection section (100) which detects a tilt angle of the pivot plate (10); a pivot depressed portion (80) into which the pivot shaft can be press-fitted; and a gear positioning rib (69) provided on an inner wall of the holder (9) to position the mirror tilting drive section (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Chino, Tetsuya Murakoshi, Hiroshi Morishita, Osamu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9022586
    Abstract: A system and/or apparatus provided as a side-view or rear-view mirror for providing a plurality of independently moveable reflective surfaces to enable a driver increased visibility. To increase visibility for the driver, the system and/or apparatus includes a camera for providing images around a vehicle to the driver within a vehicle during low-light or poor lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Rosco, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Publication number: 20150108218
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for deflecting and for widening a visible range of a camera (24) is provided, wherein the apparatus (10) has a first mirror element (12) which is tilted with respect to the optical axis of the camera (24) in a longitudinal direction in order to supply light to the camera (24) from a visible range lying laterally with respect to the optical axis. In this connection the first mirror element (12) is additionally tilted in a transverse direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction and the apparatus has a second mirror element (14) besides the first mirror element (12) which is tilted in the longitudinal direction and in the transverse direction with respect to the first mirror element (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Christoph ANSELMENT, Helmut WEBER, Johannes ASCHENBRENNER, Christofer ROSER, Norbert SCHNURR, Dirk STROHMEIER
  • Publication number: 20150097955
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a non-movable portion, a movable portion and a mirror head. The non-movable portion is configured for attachment at an exterior portion of a vehicle and the movable portion is movable relative to the non-movable portion. The mirror head is movable relative to the movable portion, and a mirror reflective element is fixedly attached at the mirror head. A first actuator is operable to move the movable portion relative to the non-movable portion about a first axis and a second actuator is operable to move the mirror head relative to the movable portion about a second axis. The first and second actuators are cooperatively operable to move the movable portion about the first axis and to move the mirror head about the second axis, and the mirror reflective element moves in tandem with movement of the mirror head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Eric S. Deuel, Justin E. Sobecki, Joseph R. Mambourg, Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8996258
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for automatically adjusting the angle of a rotatable side view mirror of an articulated tractor and trailer includes transducers attached to the tractor for transmitting signals toward the trailer and for receiving signals reflected by the trailer. The transducers have a substantially symmetrical arrangement about a centerline of a linear transducer bar attached to the tractor and each has an angular orientation substantially dissimilar to adjacent transducers on a same side of the centerline. A control circuit sequentially activates ones of the transducers such that only a single transducer transmits signals at any given time. Thereafter, the control circuit only processes reflected signals received by the emitting transducer. The control circuit calculates an angle between the tractor and trailer and causes the mirrors to rotate. Transducer calibration and mirror adjustment relative to a zero position set by a driver are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Full-View-Matic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongwei Liu, Barry Davignon
  • Patent number: 8992032
    Abstract: A Newtonian telescope secondary mirror mount which includes means for attaching a Newtonian telescope secondary mirror to the secondary mirror mount. The attachment means will define a secondary mirror plane. The mount also includes first and second means for adjusting the angular alignment of the secondary mirror plane. The first adjustment means defines a first adjustment axis and the second adjustment means defines a second adjustment axis. In all embodiments both the first and second axes of angular orientation adjustment are substantially parallel to the secondary mirror plane. Methods of adjusting the angular alignment of a Newtonian telescope secondary mirror are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Howard Glatter
  • Publication number: 20150077874
    Abstract: A high performance kinematic mirror mount facilitating the reduction of thermally and mechanically induced optical distortion of a precision mirror is disclosed. The mirror mount assembly includes a mirror with a front reflective surface and a rear support surface. A set of sub-tier mounting assemblies are provided being affixed to the rear support surface of the mirror utilizing a number of strut pairs and a number of bonded mount pads arranged so as to connect the sub-tier mounting assemblies to the mirror with numerous strut pairs arranged as bipods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Hans P. Naepflin, Alexander K. Raco, Maciej D. Makowski
  • Patent number: 8976439
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror casing and a prismatic reflective element. The mirror casing is a unitarily molded mirror casing having at least one attachment surface. The prismatic reflective element includes a glass substrate having a front surface and a rear surface and a perimeter edge about a periphery of the glass substrate. A mirror reflector is established at the rear surface of the glass substrate. The perimeter edge of said glass substrate has a generally rounded surface disposed between the front surface and the mirror casing. The prismatic reflective element is attached at the attachment surface of the mirror casing. The perimeter edge of the glass substrate is exposed to and is viewable by the driver of the vehicle when the interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Michael J. Baur, Timothy G. Perkins
  • Publication number: 20150054953
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rear-view mirror device for a windshield of a vehicle, which comprises: a) a mirror having a length that essentially extends along the entire length of said windshield, such that said mirror provides a maximize available field of view to a viewer being presence within the interior of said vehicle; b) a housing having a rear portion that is in abutting relation with the inner surface of the windshield for accommodating said mirror; and c) an adjusting mechanism adapted for adjusting the viewing angle of the mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Elian Erica Frank
  • Patent number: 8960929
    Abstract: A device for correcting optical defects of a telescope mirror, compatible with use in a space environment, is provided, where the criteria of weight, reliability, service life, cost and resistance to extreme temperatures are fundamental. The device comprises at least one controllable-length element, means for controlling the length of this element, this element being connected to the mirror by its ends in zones that are diametrically or diagonally opposed and close to the periphery of this mirror, the connection between the controllable-length element and the mirror comprising attachments that are rigid on the axis joining these two attachment zones and flexible in the other degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Christophe Devilliers, Thierry Lasic
  • Patent number: 8955992
    Abstract: A mirror adjustment device, in particular for a motor vehicle, comprising a mirror foot for mounting on a motor vehicle and a mirror housing adjustably connected with the mirror foot, wherein the mirror housing is adjustable between a folded-in position in which the mirror housing is situated substantially along the motor vehicle and a folded-out position in which the mirror housing is situated substantially transversely to the motor vehicle. The mirror housing is adjustable between a first position in which a slit is present between neighboring surfaces of the mirror housing and the mirror foot and a second position in which the neighboring surfaces of the mirror housing and the mirror foot substantially abut against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Marinus Jacobus Maria Van Zuijlen, Marinus Roose
  • Publication number: 20150042970
    Abstract: A mirror assembly (32) for directing a beam (28) includes a base (450), and an optical element (454) that includes (i) a mirror (460), (ii) a stage (462) that retains the mirror (460), (iii) a mover assembly (464) that moves the stage (462) and the mirror (460) relative to the base (450), and (v) a thermally conductive medium (466) that is positioned between the stage (462) and the base (450) to transfer heat between the stage (462) and the base (450). The thermally conductive medium (466) has a thermal conductivity that is greater than the thermal conductivity of air. The thermally conductive medium (466) can include an ionic fluid or a liquid metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Margeson, Travis Bow
  • Publication number: 20150043097
    Abstract: A personal viewing device that may be mounted to the bottom surface of a toilet seat or to the rim of a toilet. The personal viewing device may include a support member with a first end and a second end. The first end may be a handle and a reflective panel may be attached to the second end. The viewing device may be in a contracted form and an expanded form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Roy E. Sroka
  • Publication number: 20150022914
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a plastic bezel and a mirror reflective element. The bezel includes a perimeter bezel portion and a mirror mounting element unitarily formed with the perimeter bezel portion. The mirror mounting element is configured to pivotally attach to a mounting structure of a mounting assembly for mounting the interior rearview mirror assembly at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with the interior rearview mirror assembly. The reflective element is disposed at the bezel and has a front surface and a rear surface, with the front surface generally facing towards and being viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle. The mirror mounting element is disposed rearward of the rear surface of the reflective element when the reflective element is disposed at the bezel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Donald S. Rawlings
  • Publication number: 20150022913
    Abstract: A mount assembly for a vehicle component includes an attachment device configured to attach to a vehicle interior component. The attachment device defines an aperture and includes a vehicle attachment portion, an interior wall, and an exterior wall. A rearview device is configured to operably connect to the exterior wall of the attachment device. An accessory device is configured to operably connect to the interior wall of the attachment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Danny L. Minikey, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150009557
    Abstract: A gravitation compensator for mounting optical elements in a projection exposure apparatus and a corresponding projection exposure apparatus are disclosed. The gravitation compensator at least partly compensates for the weight force of a mounted optical element and simultaneously enables a change in the position of the optical element without the compensated weight force being altered in an impermissible manner during the change in position. This applies, in particular, to high weight forces which are to be compensated. Furthermore, the gravitation compensator enables use in different atmospheres and the compensation of corresponding aging effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Norbert Muehlberger, Thorsten Rassel, Armin Schoeppach, Juergen Fischer, Matthias Orth
  • Patent number: 8926105
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system of automatically adjusting a mirror (14, 16, 18) in a vehicle (10) to provide a driver (1) with an optimized rear view. A camera (24, 26, 28) is provided that is directed at the adjustable mirror (14, 16, 18). A camera capture area (60) is defined in the adjustable mirror (14, 16, 18), and the mirror (14, 16, 18) is automatically adjusted until the eyes (50) of the driver (1) are captured by the camera (24, 26, 28) within the capture area (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventor: Karl Frans Mario Verheyden
  • Patent number: 8919972
    Abstract: An optical element adjustment mechanism is for loading a reflection optical device, which comprises a base and a loading element. The base is movably assembled to the reflection optical device. The base is a hollow tubular structure, and each side has an opening. The inner edge of one of the opening has a plurality loading surfaces extension to the central side, and two leaning surfaces protruded along a tube wall of the base. The loading element movably assembled to the base has a first surface, a second surface and two datum planes. The first surface is flattened against the plurality loading surfaces. The second surface has a connecting portion connected the optical element. The two datum planes are respectively flattened against the two loading surfaces. Wherein, at least one adjustment gasket is moveably assembled between the base and the loading element for precision adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Po-Hsuan Huang, Yu-Cheng Cheng
  • Patent number: 8917437
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head portion and a reflective element accommodated by the mirror head portion. The reflective element includes a glass substrate and a mirror reflector coated at a surface of the glass substrate. The reflective element is configured to provide a field of view of at least about 15 degrees at the side of the vehicle and provides a substantially undistorted reflected image as viewed by the driver of the vehicle. The reflective element may have a width dimension of less than about 15 cm and a height dimension of less than about 9 cm. The mirror substrate is curved or formed via a hydro-bending process utilizing at least one bending element, which may be CNC formed in accordance with a free form pattern of curvatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Baur, Gregory A. Huizen
  • Patent number: 8899762
    Abstract: An exterior sideview mirror system includes an exterior sideview mirror assembly including a reflective element having a rearward field of view when attached to a side of an automobile. The reflective element includes has a plano reflective element and a separate auxiliary reflective element having a curvature. The plano reflective element and the auxiliary reflective element are supported adjacently at a backing plate element having a first support portion supporting the plano reflective element and a second support portion supporting the auxiliary reflective element. The auxiliary reflective element is positioned at an outboard portion of the reflective element assembly when the exterior sideview mirror assembly is attached to the side of the automobile. When the exterior sideview mirror assembly is attached to and operated at the side of the automobile, the field of view of the auxiliary reflective element overlaps with the field of view of the plano reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam